Bob Potter – Academic Vita


B.A. Pomona College (English) 1956

M.A. & Ph.D. Claremont Graduate School (English and American Literature) 1963; 1965

Fulbright Scholar, University of Bristol (England) 1963-64


Harvey Mudd College: Instructor in Humanities 1965

University of California, Santa Barbara:

  • Assistant Professor of English 1966-72
  • Lecturer (S.O.E.) in Dramatic Art 1972-75
  • Associate Professor of Dramatic Art 1975-81
  • Professor of Dramatic Art 1981–2001
  • Director, Playwriting Program 1972-2001
  • Professor Emeritus 2001-2010

University of Kent at Canterbury (England)

  • Visiting Professor of Drama and Theatre Studies 1984-85

University of London, Royal Holloway (England)

  • Visiting Professor of Theatre 1988



LAWRENCE DURRELL: A CHECKLIST (with Brooke Whiting) Los Angeles: University of California Library, 1961.

"Famous Victories and Lovely Wars," Claremont Quarterly 2 (1964) 67-76.

"King Johan and the Birth of Shakespeare," New Theatre Magazine 5 (1964) 17.

"The Father in Three Dimensions," Callboard 1 (1966) 9-12.

"The Form and Concept of the English Morality Play," Dissertation Abstracts 26 (1966).

Review of The Dramatist and the Received Idea by Wilbur Sanders, Quarterly Journal of Speech 55 (1969) 340.


THE CAMPUS BY THE SEA WHERE THE BANK BURNED DOWN (with James Sullivan) Santa Barbara: FACOP, 1970.

"The Idea of a Morality Play," Research Opportunities in Renaissance Drama 13-14 (1970-71) 239-247.

"Images of the Human Predicament: Some Ancient and Modern Visualizations of the Mortality Play," Research Opportunities in Renaissance Drama 13-14 (1970-71) 249-258.

"Putting Teeth into the Reward Structure for Teaching Within the UC System" First UCSB Conference on Effective Teaching ed. N.F. Glasman and S.J. Nicholson, Santa Barbara, 1973.

THE ENGLISH MORALITY PLAY: Origins, History and Influence of a Dramatic Tradition London and Boston: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1975.

"Soaring Through an Evening With Ibsen," Santa Barbara News and Review August 8, 1975.


"Divine and Human Justice," Aspects of Early English Drama ed. Paula Neuss Cambridge: D.S. Brewer and Totowa, New Jersey: Barnes and Noble, 1983. 127-141.

"Respublica" (with Paula Neuss) Atti Del IV Colloquio della Société Internationale pour l'Etude du Théatre Médiéval Viterbo, Italy: Centro Studi sul Teatro Medioevale e Rinascmentale, 1983. 59-64.

Review of Dramatic Design in the Chester Cycle by Peter Travis Modern Language Quarterly 44 (1983) 317-319.

"The Chester Cycle of Mystery Plays: Toronto, 1983" Theatre Journal 36 (1984) 118-119.

"Morality Play and Spel van Sinne: What are the Connections?" Dutch Crossing 22 (1984) 5-16.

"Forgiveness as Theatre," (excerpt from The English Morality Play) Medieval English Drama ed. Peter Happe, London: Macmillan, 1984. 130-140.

"Translating Man's Desire" Dutch Crossing 25 (1985) 33-37.

"Man's Desire and Fleeting Beauty: a Sixteenth Century Comedy" (English Translation, with Elsa Strietman) Dutch Crossing 25 (1985) 38-84.

MAN’S DESIRE AND FLEETING BEAUTY (with Elsa Strietman) Cambridge and Santa Barbara: Viterbo Press, 1985.

Review of Drama in the Cathedral by Kenneth Pickering, Speech and Drama 34 (1985) 53-54.

"The Designer-Playwright Connection," Theatre News 17 (1985) 3/ 23.

Review of The Mirror of Everyman's Salvation ed. John Conley, Guido de Baere, H.J.C. Schaap and W.H. Toppen, Comparative Drama 20 (1986) 177-180.

Abraham and Human Sacrifice: The Exfoliation of Medieval Drama in Aztec Mexico," New Theatre Quarterly 2 (1986) 306-312.

Review of Sequentia production of Hildegard of Bingen’s Ordo Virtutum. Medieval English Theatre 8 (1986) 66-67.

The Ordo Virtutum: Ancestor of the English Moralities?Comparative Drama 20 (1986) 201-210.

Review of Joculatores Lancastrienses production of Thomas Garter’s Virtuous and Godly Susana. Cahiers Elisabethaines 30 (1986) 101-103.

The Designer-Playwright Connection in London’s New Plays Project,” Dramatists Guild Quarterly (Winter, 1988) 32-36 (reprinted from Theatre News).

The Rediscovery of Queen Margaret: The Wars of the Roses 1963,” New Theatre Quarterly 14 (1988) 105-119.

Abraham and Human Sacrifice: The Exfoliation of Medieval Drama in Aztec Mexico,” reprinted in Le Théatre et le cité dans l’Europe médiéval, ed. Jean-Claude Aubailly, Stutgart: Heniz Akademischer Verlag, 1988. 545-553.

Morality Play,” A Companion to the Medieval Theatre ed. Ronald W. Vince, New York: Greenwood Press, 1989. 247-253.

The Unity of Medieval Drama: European Contexts for Early English Dramatic Traditions,” Contexts in Early English Drama, ed Marianne G. Briscoe and John C. Coldewey, Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1989. 42-55.

Afterword,” Everyman and Company ed. Donald Gilman, AMS Press, 1989.


Escaping from English Literature: Dramatic Approaches to Medieval Drama,” Approaches to Teaching Medieval English Drama, ed. Richard Emmerson, New York: Modern Language Association, 1990. 127-131.

Workshopping Celestina,” Celestinesca 14 (1990) 73-81.

The Cardinal’s New Clothes: Politics and Morality in the 1520's,” Research Opportunities in Renaissance Drama 31 (1992) 61-63.

The Ordo Virtutum: Ancestor of the English Moralities?” reprinted in The Ordo Virtutum of Hildegard of Bingen: Critical Studies, ed. Audrey Ekdahl Davidson, Kalamazoo: Medieval Institute Publications, 1992. 31-41.

A Ceremonial Night in Catalonia,” Early Drama, Art and Music Review 15 (1992) 40-41.

The Illegal Immigration of Medieval Drama to California,” Comparative Drama 27 (1993) 140-158.

The Illegal Immigration of Medieval Drama to California,” reprinted in Medieval Drama on the Continent of Europe, ed. Clifford Davidson and John H. Stroupe, Kalamazoo: Medieval Institute Publications, 1993. 140-158.

Een Esbattement van s'Menschen Sin en Verganckelijcke Schoonheit / Man’s Desire and Fleeting Beauty, ed. Elsa Strietman, English translation by Robert Potter and Elsa Strietman. Leeds Medieval Studies, Leeds: Centre for Medieval Studies, 1995.

Introducción: Un teatro que se parece a Norteamérica,” Teatro norteamericano contemporáneo, ed. David Olguin, Mexico City: Ediciones El Milagro, 1995. 9-29. (Spanish translation by Lucinda Gutiérrez).

The Auto da Fé as Medieval Drama,” Festive Drama, ed. Meg Twycross, Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 1996. 110-118.

Review of Everyman (Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago) and The Christmas Mysteries (Santa Barbara) Research Opportunities in Renaissance Drama 36 (1997). 192-195.

The Holy Spectacles of Hildegard of Bingen,” European Medieval Drama 1997 ed. Sydney Higgins, Camerino, Italy: Universitá degli Studi di Camerino, 1997. 315-331.

The York Plays: University of Toronto, 20 June 1998Medieval English Theatre 19 (1997) 121-128.

Contexts and Commentaries: Everyman” (excerpt from The English Morality Play) Drama: Classical to Contemporary ed. John C. Coldewey and W.R Streitberger (Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 1998) 201-202.

Writing Mother Courage,” Brecht 100 < = > 2000 Maarten van Dijk et al., eds. The Brecht Yearbook/Das Brecht-Jahrbuch 24 (Waterloo, Canada: The International Brecht Society, 1999) 14-23.

Abraham y el sacrificio humano: la exfoliacíón del drama medieval en el México aztecaEl teatro franciscano en la Nueva España, ed. Maria Sten (Mexico City: CONCULTA-FONCA, 2000) 219-226 [Spanish translation of “Abraham and Human Sacrifice”)

2000 – present

Review of The Castle of Perseverance (University of California, Irvine) Research Opportunities in Renaissance Drama 40 (2001) 197-200.

Introducción: Sue ños milinarios", Teatro norteamericano contemporáneo II, ed. David Olguin, Mexico City: Ediciones El Milagro, 2003. 9-21.

Review of Johanna C. Prins, trans. Medieval Dutch Drama: Four Secular Plays and Four Farces from the Van Hulthem Manuscript, Speculum 78 (2003) 1377-1380.

POEMS IN TRANSIT 1957-2004 Santa Barbara: Solstice Press, 2004.

La Sebila Casandra: Gil Vicente’s Postmodern Feminist Christmas Play,” European Medieval Drama 9 (2005) 109-125.

The Brechtian Dimensions of Medieval DramaRenaissance of Medieval Theatre ed. Véronique Dominguez, Louvain: Academia Bruylant/UCL. Forthcoming.